The first two Neart na Gaoithe export cables installed

The first of two export cables for the Neart na GaoitheOffshore wind farms with a length of 37 kilometers each were built near Thorntonloch Beach.

Connect these power transmission cables

Neart na Gaoithe‘s two offshore platforms to its onshore substation in the Lammermuir Hills.

The offshore cable was installed with the Prysmian Group’s cable-laying vessel, the 124 meter long

Cable company.

The onshore winch rope was pulled through a 650 meter long horizontal directional drilling tunnel and connected to the offshore cable on the ship‘s deck, 1 km from the shore. The offshore cable was then routed back through the shaft towards the onshore where it will be connected to the onshore cables behind Thorntonloch Beach.


Cable companywill lay the offshore cable from the coastal Thorntonloch Beach to the location of the wind farm. The cables are buried to protect them from damage. Prysmian, one of Neart na GaoithesFirst stage contractors expect to install the second offshore cable in July.

Matthias Haag, NnG project manager, said: “The laying of the first of our two offshore cables is an important milestone in the construction of NnG.

“These two 37 km cables will play a crucial role in connecting our two offshore platforms to the onshore substation in the Lammermuir Hills.

“We are grateful to all of our neighbors in and around the Throntonloch area for their patience in carrying out this important construction work near the coast.”

Massimo Galletta, Project Manager (NnG) at Prysmian Group, said: “We are proud to have been selected for such a strategic project that demonstrates our state-of-the-art cable technology, know-how and project execution skills to support the growing renewable energy industry.”

The 450 MW

Neart na GaoitheWind farm is owned by EDF Renewables and ESB. Once fully operational, it will generate electricity for around 375,000 households or all residential properties in a city the size of Edinburgh and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually. LCCC awarded him a CfD in February 2015 with an exercise price of £ 114.39 / MWh. The first commercial power supply is expected by 2023.

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